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Where: Soldier Field
When: Sunday, October 20, 2019, 4:25 pm ET
We have a National Football League non-division meeting to discuss for Sunday afternoon when the New Orleans Saints head to the “Windy City” for a matchup with the Chicago Bears. This will be the two teams' 29th meeting with the Saints holding a slight 13-15 record.
The Saints (5-1) are riding a four-game winning streak and coming off a 13-6 road victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars. Chicago (3-2) just saw their three-game winning streak snapped in a 24-21-week five loss to the Oakland Raiders in London.
Saints Four Game Winning StreakThe Saints won their fourth consecutive game without starting quarterback Drew Brees with a 13-6, week six road victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars. Quarterback Teddy Bridgewater threw for 240 yards and a touchdown and wide receiver Michael Thomas had 89 receiving yards to lead the Saints to their fifth victory of the season and a one-game lead over the Carolina Panthers in the NFC South.
The Bears have one of the best defenses in the NFL, allowing 83 rushing yards and 229.2 passing yards with 17 sacks and four interceptions this season.
Bridgewater has been good enough to win four consecutive games as the starting quarterback and has thrown for 1,089 passing yards with seven touchdowns and two interceptions. Bridgewater has rushed for an additional 32 yards and has been sacked 10 times this season. The Bears know how to get to opposing quarterbacks and the offensive line will have a real challenge with the Bears front seven and its 17 sacks this season.
Thomas leads the Saints in targets (67), receiving yards (632) and touchdowns (3) and has six plays of over 20 yards. New Orleans will need a big game from Thomas and wide receiver Ted Ginn Jr if they want to compete with the Bears this Sunday.
Tight end Jared Cook has 168 receiving yards, two touchdowns and two plays of over 20 yards and was a limited participant in Wednesday’s practice.
Running the football against the Bears has been difficult this season but if anyone can it's running back Alvin Kamara. Kamara has 373 rushing yards and a touchdown this season with an additional 276 receiving yards and a touchdown. Kamara is listed as questionable and didn’t practice at all on Wednesday. Latavious Murray is the backup and the veteran has rushed for 138 yards and one touchdown this season.
Sean Peyton on facing Khalil Mack this week.
“He's one of the best. He presentsa lot ofchallenges.He'sphysical.He'sreal flexible. He can get on an edge.We've gotto pay attention to where he is on every snapand he can turn a game around.We'veseen that too many times.I think that's, uh, one of the keys in this game.”
Update (10/18): Kamara is now out for the game.
Bears Suffer Loss to Raiders in LondonChicago had a week-six bye and is coming off a 24-21 loss to the Oakland Raiders in London, England. Bears quarterback Chase Daniel made the start for injured quarterback Mitchell Trubisky and threw for 231 yards, two touchdowns, two interceptions and was sacked four times and wide receiver Allen Robinson II caught seven balls for 97 yards and a pair of touchdowns in a losing cause for Chicago.
New Orleans has a pretty good defense and allows 237.7 passing yards and 108.2 rushing yards per game with 18 sacks and three interceptions this season.
The Bears are unsure who will start at quarterback on Sunday and whoever does will have a difficult task before them. Daniel has thrown for 426 yards, three touchdowns, and two interceptions and has suffered five sacks. Trubisky has thrown for 588 yards, three touchdowns, two interceptions and has been sacked eight times this season. The Bears offensive line faces a huge challenge as the Saints boast on of the best pass rushes in the NFL this season.
Robinson leads the Bears in targets (43) receiving yards (377) and has six plays of over 20 yards with two touchdowns this season. Getting him involved early and often should be the Bears number one priority on Sunday.
Wide receiver Taylor Gabriel is listed as questionable for Sunday and was a limited participant in Wednesday’s practice. Gabriel has 110 receiving yards with a team-high three receiving touchdowns and the Bears could really use him against the stout Saints passing defense.
Bears running back David Montgomery leads Chicago with 225 rushing yards with two touchdowns and an additional 72 receiving yards and the Bears NEED him to have a big game Sunday. Running back Tarik Cohen has 37 rushing yards but is more of a third-down back and has 128 receiving yards and one receiving touchdown for Chicago this season.
- Bears are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games after accumulating less than 90 yards rushing in their previous game.
- Bears are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games after allowing more than 350 total yards in their previous game.
- Bears are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games following a bye week.
- Saints are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall.
- Saints are 24-8 ATS in their last 32 games following an ATS win.
- Saints are 22-8 ATS in their last 30 road games.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
The offensive situation in Chicago is such that it can't really be trusted and even coming off a bye week where the Bears have had time to prepare, I still don't trust them. The Saints offense isn't great without Brees, but Bridgewater has been very good and smart with the football and is better than both quarterbacks Chicago has.
The Bears offense will have a difficult time moving the football against the Saints defense and Chicago has a great defense but the Saints offense is good enough to get a couple of scores and that's all it will take to cover the spread.
I will take the points and play the Saints to cover in this contest.
Prediction: Saints +3.5 Points
Full-Game Total Pick
I don't like the total as much as I do the side bet and that's because 38 points aren't that much and the reason is the Saints offense. If Kamara can play and is actually healthy, he can gouge Chicago. The Saints offense is more explosive Brees but Bridgewater is looking more and more comfortable with every game he starts.
The Bears offense isn't very good and relies too much on the defense to win games. That didn't work against Oakland and it won't work against the Saints.
I will go with the UNDER in this game.
Prediction: Under 38 Points